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Frustrated vs. Boy or vs. Girl?

I have a 4 year old whose name is Bailor. What gender do you assume my child is? I’m so sick of correcting people on the phone about my child’s gender. With boys named Braylen and girls named Parker and Sawyer and Spencer these days, nothing is distinguished anymore! Very aggravating!

The Top Baby Name is...

Boy Or

67%

Girl?

33%

Frustrated

0%

Poll created: Feb 06, 2014
Total Votes: 12

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I think when you choose to use unisex names, and I like unisex names, I have one myself, and this isn’t a judgment, you just have to assume the responsibility of answering those types of questions.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:21 AM | report
I agree but im not a fan of unisex names. When i named my child 4 years ago, Bailor wasn’t even heard of where Im from, and the middle name isn’t unisex at all! These days it’s nearly impossible to name your child ANYTHING unique, without gender questions. It’s aggravating!
By the way, you didn’t answer the question.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:28 AM | report
I know a girl named Baylor Grace but with the spelling Bailor it looks more masculine. It may not have been unisex 4 yrs ago, but I see why today you can be questioned. Names have no rules or boundaries anymore. Sorry. I think it’s a boy though.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:31 AM | report
I assume girl because I know a female named Baylor and have never met a boy with this name.
posted by AubriMommy :: Feb 06, 2014 10:31 AM | report
I voted in the poll. BTW, it was girl, simply b/c I know a girl with this name. And I think your own perception of the name(do you know a girl with this name, do you know a boy with this name) really dictates whether you think it is boy or girl.

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posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:32 AM | report
I voted boy because of the character in the Ya-Ya Sisterhood books/movies. It does sound super unisex now though. if it is a girl maybe shorten it to a nickname of just Bay?
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:34 AM | report
I know a boy with the middle name Baylor so I say boy.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:34 AM | report
Well my child is a boy. Bailor Ryan Grey is his name. Even Ryan has become a girls name these days, it’s just frustrating. I have never met another Bailor/Baylor so far. I have recently heard of a college named Baylor University. Where I’m from its very uncommon. But people automatically assume girl. I just can’t see Bailor Ryan Grey being at all girly. Ever. But it looks like he will have to start going by his middle name Grey or his nickname Bear. I think the "i" ad the "or" made I masculine enough but apparently not.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:41 AM | report
I would assume "Bailor" was a boy. It seems farmery. Like Bailing hay.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:42 AM | report
Bailor/Baylor. However you spell it, it sounds super feminine to me. To me, gender blending is one of the most annoying things! Especially with names! Taylor and Cameron are pretty much the only unisex names that i can tolerate. Its absolutely horrid when people name their daughters Jaymes, Parker, or Spencer and when boys get names like Braylen, Angel, and Ariel. Names are gender specific for a reason. Goodness gracious. (Sorry for my rant)
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:42 AM | report
^ Angel and Ariel are boys names. Angela would be the girl version of Angel, and until Disney did The Little Mermaid... Ariel was the prime minister of Israel.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:48 AM | report
I agree that blending gender names is horrid, but like I said, 4 years ago I never imagined my son Bailor Ryan could be mistaken for a girl. And yes, it does mean farmery. My husband and I live on a pecan farm in Pike County, where we make a living harvesting pecans and selling eggs. Around here, it would seem to na a masculine name. Still on the phone they assume he’s a girl.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:49 AM | report
Before reading your post, I would have assumed girl (I’ve only seen it as a girls’ name on this site - had never seen it before). Based on your post, I would have guessed boy.
posted by Nicola :: Feb 06, 2014 10:50 AM | report
My daughter is Aspen Elise. I guess thinking outside the box, she could be considered a boy these days too! Sheesh, yes I’m still ranting!
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:51 AM | report
Based on the full name I would have said boy. But in defense of the people on the phone, I would say they don’t want to insult you and say boy when it may be a girl so they will ask instead of risk insulting you.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:52 AM | report
I feel your pain. My husband is 32 and his name is Shannon Ashley Moulton. We don’t have kids yet, but when we do, I will be sure to name them very gender specifically! But I think Bailor is masculine enough, there’s no way he should be picked on, like a Shannon or an Ashley could be.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:54 AM | report
I think of the university in Texas, not a name for either gender. I don’t mind unisex names, one of my favorite names for a girl is Avery, but I hate boy names on girls. I cringe when I hear about girls being named James and Adam.
posted by Abby :: Feb 06, 2014 10:56 AM | report
Well my aggravation comes from the fact that they don’t even asked. They automatically say "she" and "her" until I correct them. My husband and I have discussed it and we are going to start calling him Grey, by his middle name, so when he starts school he probably won’t be picked on over his name. Though I do love the boy name Bailor. I believe it’s handsome.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:57 AM | report
But Avery was strictly a boys name in its originality. See? My point exactly. Nothing is distinguished anymore!
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 10:59 AM | report
I would assume Aspen was a boy too. It’s VERY masculine.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 11:04 AM | report
Oh my word. Aspen Winter Elise is cutesy and very girly. I’ve known 3 Aspens. All females. Do you think my Ava Leigh Meadow is a boy too? My husband is Jeff, is that too girly? My name is Amy, is that okay for a 30 year old female?
posted by ThisIsRidiculous :: Feb 06, 2014 11:18 AM | report
There are a lot of names that were distinctly male to start with Ashley, Leslie, Courtney, Allison, Lynn, etc, etc, etc.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 11:22 AM | report
Avery was a last name. It became a boys name after that, yes, but now it is ranked #20 in the top 100 list for girls where I live. It was more popular than Lily in 2012. I have never met a boy with the name Avery but about a dozen girls.
posted by Abby :: Feb 06, 2014 11:25 AM | report
I know a Steven Avery, Avery James, Avery Keen, and Avery Gunnar. All boys between the ages 4 and 19. I think it’s horrible for a girl. It’s way too popular and over used.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 12:06 PM | report
I would assume boy, its completely masculine.
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 12:22 PM | report
I’d say boy....gl
My son’s name is Casey and I worried about it constantly, but it really has not been a problem. He knows boy Caseys and girl Caseys. But if you feel better, Ryan is ALL boy to me...or you could call him BG.....
posted by guest :: Feb 06, 2014 07:43 PM | report

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